85 Killed in Sudan’s El-Fasher Hospital Since May 10: NGO

Tue May 21 2024
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DARFUR: At least 85 people have died in a single hospital in El-Fasher, Darfur, as clashes reignited between Sudan’s opposing factions since May 10, stated medical charity Doctors Without Borders on Tuesday.
According to Claire Nicolet, head of the charity’s Sudan emergency program, Southern Hospital, the sole remaining medical facility in El-Fasher, recorded nine casualties out of 60 on Monday alone.
Since the eruption of fighting in the capital of North Darfur state, the hospital has treated “707 casualties,” of which “85 have passed away,” Nicolet added.
The conflict has persisted for over a year between the regular military, led by army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, formerly under his deputy Mohamed Hamdan Daglo.
El-Fasher, not under RSF control and serving as a vital humanitarian hub in the Darfur region, has witnessed intense battles this month, despite numerous appeals, including from the United Nations, to spare the city.
Residents, trapped in their homes due to the violence, struggle to transport wounded family members to the hospital amidst ongoing clashes.
Southern Hospital, facing overwhelming pressure, operates with only one surgeon. The charity warned of dwindling supplies, urging safe access for replenishment.
The war has shuttered over 70 percent of medical facilities across Sudan, straining the remaining resources to their limits.
“Tens of thousands have been killed since the war began,” including up to 15,000 in a single West Darfur town, as per UN estimates. Nearly nine million people have been displaced, with North Darfur hosting over half a million newly displaced individuals by April’s end.

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